Laurence C. Smith: The Arctic Is Melting—What's That Mean For The Economy?
As the author of The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilizations Northern Future, Smith has studied the changing Arctic in great depth. The Arctic, Smith says, will fundamentally change if our climate continues on its current path, something he's documented in over sixty different research papers. In his book, his research, and his all-encompassing keynotes, Smith shares a realistic, yet surprisingly optimistic, view of the changing landscape. "The development is both exciting from an economic development point of view and worrisome in terms of safety, both for the Arctic environment and for the ships themselves," Smith says in The Ottawa Citizen. As one of the most respected voices on climate change, Smith has advised the United Nations and Congress, and appears regularly in major media to describe what the future has in store—and how to prepare for it, today.